Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join the Cooperative Party?
Everyone can join the Cooperative Party.
CLICK HERE TO JOIN
We do not have any membership requirements, fees or dues. If you are a member of the Cooperative Party in your heart, that is good enough. The ONLY THING that is required for anyone to be a member of the Cooperative Party is a commitment to work together with others in order to achieve creative solutions to complicated issues. We welcome your ideas and efforts.
Who is in charge of the Cooperative Party?
You are. You and everyone else. The Cooperative Party is not set up like any other political party. The Cooperative Party is a distributed network of people and organizations who share common goals. If you are looking for someone to tell you what to do, look in the mirror. Take action. Do whatever you are passionate about. Use your own unique skills. Find others who share your passion and cooperate with them. By definition, you will be a member of the Cooperative Party.
How does the Cooperative Party plan to organize and/or structure itself?
One of the many problems with politics is that it has been corrupted by the influence of money, so on a national and state-wide basis, the Cooperative Party will be a strictly volunteer organization. There will be NO fund-raising of any kind. The core unit of organization will be at a grassroots, county-by-county basis. In some states, where organizing by counties may not be optimal, then the grassroots groups will be encouraged to organize along geographical boundaries that follow Congressional and/or state-wide Assembly electoral areas. These grassroots, county based groups will be encouraged to organize more traditional party structures and raise (and spend) money on a local level. The point of this bottom-up structure is to place most of the power (i.e. money) in the hands of the people who are organizing at a local, grassroots level. Unlike nearly every other political party, the national and state-wide volunteers will serve the needs of the grassroots organizers, not the other way around.
How can you expect to build a political party that does NOT accept donations?
How can a political party represent the will of the people when it expends most of its effort attempting to raise funds? We challenge you to question what your definition of a political party can and should be.
Our definition is this: The Cooperative Party is an organization in which people agree to COOPERATE with others for the collective good of the many, not the for the isolated benefit of those who feel the need to influence other people's behavior through the coercive donation of money.
How can you expect to build a political party that represents the will of the people when it is easily manipulated by those wealthy individuals and corporations who make large financial donations?
We will not accept monetary donations, but we will gladly accept voluntary donations of effort, creativity, and ideas from everyone who wants to join us.
If you prefer to fight to the bitter end with the goal of victory for yourself and defeat for your political opponent, or if you think you need money in order to get people to cooperate, then please do NOT join the Cooperative Party.
Is the Cooperative Party legally registered as a political party with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC)?
No. Not at this point in time. We will work towards legal recognition nationally, and in all 50 states, counties, cities, towns and communities when appropriate. CLICK HERE for details.
How do I register to vote?
Simply CLICK HERE to register to vote in your state and specify (write in) that you wish to register to vote as a member of the Cooperative Party.
Feel free to choose a unique path. If you wish, simply register as an "independent" voter or specify "no-party preference" and work with us to cooperate with others on the issues that you are passionate about.